When your dentist removes a tooth, it’s called an extraction. Typically, Dr. Burges takes every measure to avoid extractions, since it’s best for your oral health to keep your natural teeth as intact as possible. But in some instances, a damaged tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth, and an extraction might be necessary for your overall oral health.
Some of the reasons Dr. Burges might need to perform an extraction include:
Extractions are also sometimes recommended for patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or organ transplants.
Chemotherapy and organ transplant surgery significantly tax your immune system, and it’s sometimes prudent to remove teeth that are infection-prone and could become problematic later on.
There are two main categories of extractions: simple and surgical.
Dr. Burges performs a simple extraction if your tooth has erupted through your gums and is visible. She first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic, then loosens the tooth with a tool called an elevator.
Once your tooth is loose enough to remove, she extracts it with forceps. You won’t feel any pain during your extraction because of the anesthesia, just some slight pressure as the tooth is removed.
Dr. Burges performs a surgical extraction when your tooth is impacted, meaning that it hasn’t erupted through your gums, which is common with wisdom teeth. In addition to local anesthesia, you may be given intravenous or general anesthesia for a surgical extraction.
Once you’re sedated, Dr. Burges makes a surgical incision in your gum and removes the tooth. Depending on the state of your tooth, your dentist might remove some of the bone around it or break it up before extracting it.
Dr. Burges gives you detailed aftercare instructions to keep you healthy, accelerate your healing, and decrease your discomfort following your extraction. Following your aftercare instructions accurately helps you recover faster and more fully.
To learn more about how Dr. Burges can improve your oral health with a tooth extraction, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.